“You know your life has changed when …
going to the grocery store by yourself is a vacation.”
Being a mom can be hard. Even though you love every minute you get to spend with your children, sometimes you need time just for you to stay sane.
A couple of months ago I was having a hard time with this. I stay at home all day every with my beautiful 16 month old baby while my husband goes to work and school.
At night when he came home or on the weekends, all I would want to do is get out of the house and go do something, but all he wanted to do is rest from his long week.
Then I would feel even worse for not letting him relax. I had a hard time trying to find a balance. I would find myself crying for no real reason. I had a lot of emotions bottled up inside, but didn’t know how to explain how I felt. I love my family more than anything but couldn’t understand why I felt the way I did.
I started to realize that while my husband could make himself happy reading a book, playing a game, watching football, practicing the guitar, etc. that I didn’t have any real hobbies of my own. So I decided that maybe finding something for me to do on my own would help me out.
So in September, I began taking sewing lessons from my neighbors. I have always wanted to learn to sew and thought this would be a great way to get me out of the house for an hour each week but wouldn’t take away too much time from my family.
Every Saturday morning my husband keeps the baby and they watch Game Day together while I go to my sewing lessons. I have found it is the perfect solution to my problem, and haven’t had any break downs since I began.
I didn’t realize that just taking an hour for myself each week to learn a new skill would make such a difference for me but it truly has. My first project is sewing myself a new skirt too, so I am excited.
What kind of things do you do for yourself, to keep you sane throughout the week?